Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Prairie Garden Bloom Day - May 2015

Scenes from the new prairie garden. Designed and installed a year ago.

Its been a quite a while since my last post on the monthly bloom day meme hosted by Carol at May Dream Gardens. This spring has been somewhat unusual in that the temperatures have been cool and the very dry winter has been interrupted by much needed rain. Thus providing a sudden flush of growth throughout the garden.
A nice textural contrast in the new prairie garden. L to R: Nasella tenuissima-Mexican feathergrass, Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'-Little Bluestem 'Blaze', Amsonia hubrichtii-Arkansas bluestar, Baptisia australis-Blue False Indigo, Eutrochium purperurem-Sweet Joe Pye Weed and Symphyotrichum ericoides-Heath Aster. I left the winter foliage on the bluestem to add contrast.
Claimed this little 'weed' on the highway right of way. Plantago lanceolata-Ribwort.
Oenothera macrocarpa- Missouri Evening Primrose growing  between Nasella.
More textural goodness in Liatris pycnostachya-Prairie Blazing Star, Eutrochium purperurem-Sweet Joe Pye Weed, and Nasella tenuissima-Mexican feathergrass.
More praire contrast with a Verbascum thapthus-Common mullien in the middle

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snow Bird

What a beautiful snow we are experiencing today in Kansas. Our trace to one inch forecast has turned into a four to six inch blanketing of the white stuff. Reminds me of normal snowfall after being raised in wonderful Wyoming. The birds are grouping in mass in the neighborhood.
Just a few Starlings, kind of creepy.
It's a snowing in the Hell,,,,,strip.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At the Waterhole

The Banditos have returned to our stock tank watering hole. Cedar Waxwings are providing the entertainment around the garden these days as the Western Hackberry trees(Celtis occidentalis) are providing much needed berries to the Robins, Starlings, and Waxwings.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Maxed Out

Hmmm.....doesn't look too abnormally large.
That's a pretty normal size of things.
That's a little more on the maximum size.
Bam! Yes, that's maximum. 9-10' Tall! Yes these plants are taller than the stop sign! whoops. They are impressive, however they are a little large and 'weedy' looking for me and for my small piece of property. The plant? Helianthus maximiliani -Maximilian Sunflower. I planted some by seed two years ago in a eastern exposure and the plants stayed pretty confined with late season interest that I enjoyed. This spring many seedlings were popping up every where including these plants which I allowed to grow while removing many more nearby. The size of the plant and texture of the foliage mixed in with the similar foliage of Western Ironweed created a combination that really isn't pleasant to the eye and they bloom so late.
It looks like a glob and most of the foliage has been eaten by lacebugs. So most of these are gone as I write this. I left a colony near the house and one plant on the right.
The blooms are impressive and the bees and ants love them.
This is Kansas you know.
More to come! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wildflower Wednesday September 2014

Yellow seems seems to be the color of choice for natives in my neck of the woods.
Some of the new blooms in the new native garden hellstrip are really responding to the growing conditions. Rudebeckia hirta, Verbena stricta, Eupatorium purpureum and Eryngium yuccifolium.

Rudebeckia subtomentosa-Sweet Black-Eyed Susan with Eupatorium purpurea- Sweet Scented Joe Pye Weed.
Ratibida pinnata-Yellow coneflower
In the vintage area of the hellstrip, Agastache foeniculum-Anise Hyssop, Dalea purpurea-Purple Prairie Clover, Panicum virgatum 'Dewey Blue', and Allium.
Schizachyriium scoparium'Blaze'-Blaze Little Bluestem in middle.
West half of the new prairie garden hellstrip.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Morning Bliss

Echinacea purpurea, Schizachyrium scoparium 'the Blues', Helianthus maximiliani, Clamagrostis acutifolia 'Karl Foerster' and Rhus typhina 'Balitiger'.
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail', Eupatorium purpurea, and Rudbeckia hirta.
Nepeta 'Walkers Low', Ruellia humilis, Salvia azurea, Symphyotrichum ericoides, and Salvia farinacea.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Fathers Day Garden Bloggers Bloom Day-June 2014

I suppose if it wasn't for GBBD I would barely post at all. So thank you Carol at May Dream Gardens for hosting my monthly reminder.
It has been a relatively slow to bloom spring with alternate warm and cool weather this year. When I began planting my new perennial native bed in late April the temperature extremes fluctuated from 38 to 99 in two days. Now on this fathers day I am concerned about some newly planted natives I just received last week and our planned vacation next week and how they will survive while we're gone. Hopefully my watering fiend neighbor will do a fine job.
Onward with some photos:
Hollyhock in the Veggie Garden.

The entry Cottage Garden.
Cat Pink.
Purple Prairie Clover

Butterfly Milkweed Photo from the Cowley County Wildflower Tour

Happy GBBD!